Londoners gear up for Family Learning Festival

Londoners gear up for Family Learning Festival

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Starting this Saturday, the Campaign for Learning is launching the Family Learning Festival, a two-week long national celebration which aims to mark and inspire a love of learning in family life.

The festival, suitable for families with children of all ages, will start on 17th October and run until 1st November and will be celebrated throughout London as well as nationally, bringing families together during lockdown and boosting parent confidence in supporting their children’s learning. 

Despite the Government’s recent announcement on further restrictions for many regions, organisations are continuing to adapt by offering digital events and activities for the Festival which families can access online. The City of London is hosting a range of free activities including Martin Luther King poetry activities, story time sessions in Bengali and family cooking lessons.

The Campaign for Learning aims to build a culture of learning everywhere. Organisations are set to deliver brilliant and creative events, showcasing ideas and learning opportunities that families can easily participate in. 

This year’s theme ‘Love Learning’ centres around learning out and about, learning at home, and how to help families to feel great through learning together. The topic aims to highlight the longer-term support and services available to families, demonstrating how to make the most of home learning and showing which activities can support family wellbeing.

This year’s festival is more important than ever, as it seeks to help parents who are struggling to support their children’s learning following a very disrupted academic year. The Nuffield Foundation found that 60% of primary school parents and almost half of secondary school parents reported that they found it quite or very hard to support their children’s learning at home during the lockdown. 

A survey on a previous family learning festival found that 74% of organisers developed new learning opportunities through involvement in the festival and almost all participating organisations indicated that they would get involved in the Family Learning Festival again.

To find a full list of the events taking place in London, please visit this site.

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